CHRISTO ANESTE! Christ Is Risen!

My grandfather would have greeted me this morning shouting Christo aneste! (Χριστός ἀνέστη, Christ Is Risen!) expecting me to respond Alithos aneste! (Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη, He Is Risen Indeed)! This Greek Orthodox greeting echoes in some form or fashion all over the world this Easter morning. Matt Maher invites us to ask where is death’s victory today?

Where is your victory, Death?
Where is your sting, Death?
(1 Corinthians 15:55 CEB)

What new thing is God birthing in you today? Where is Jesus showing up in the midst of your life offering grace-filled possibility?

What Happens on Palm Sunday?

On Palm Sunday:

Joy suddenly turns to sorrow; exaltation to defeat, hosannas to “Crucify him!”

Within the very liturgy of Palm Sunday the tension is evident; traditionally, it is the only day with two Gospel readings—the enervating triumphal entry, and the tragic narrative of crucifixion. Palms turn to passion. It is the way God has designed it, for he “did not count equality with God something to be grasped.”

-Brian Rhea